A suspected FBI fugitive accused of rape and faking his own death has told a court there was “mass hysteria” in his case.
US prosecutors want Scottish courts to extradite man they say is Nicholas Rossi, who is wanted in Utah for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman, as well as assaults in other states.
He is also said to have faked his own death in 2020 and fled to Glasgow to avoid charges including fraud and sexual assault.
During his extradition proceedings at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today, the man appeared in red pajamas and a velvet robe as he made a peace sign to photographers.
His wife Miranda Knight was also seen arriving in court.
When asked by a reporter if “the game is over,” the defendant bizarrely quoted Sherlock Holmes, “The game has only just begun. The game is in progress.’
He insists his name is Arthur Knight and is the victim of a mistaken identity, although US police say the fingerprints taken from him were Rossi’s.
Last week he was also accused of threatening two hospital doctors at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).
Addressing the court today, he attempted to lodge his own motion with the court to restrict press coverage, claiming his case had “become a media circus”.
He said the media disregarded the court by “constantly calling me Nicholas Rossi”.
“I would argue that it is incredibly important that this case be decided in order not to involve the public humiliation I have suffered,” he told the court.
But Sheriff Alistair Noble said he had “not heard anything that would justify making any sort of order”.
The sheriff said the matter would be considered by a judge rather than a jury, so there was no risk of compromising the case.
The man believed to be Rossi was arrested in Glasgow earlier this year after being hospitalized with Covid.
Last month the court was told it was using “every possible means” to delay extradition proceedings.
The hearing was adjourned to Thursday.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/12/scotland-rapist-turns-up-to-court-in-pyjamas-to-fight-us-extradition-16986499/ Scotland: 'Rapist' appears in court in pajamas to fight US extradition